Support Black for the Blackout: Where to View the Total Solar Eclipse

The upcoming total solar eclipse on Monday, April 8, will be the last of its kind in the United States until 2045. Although it is a total eclipse, not everyone across the country will witness it in its entirety; for most areas, it will be a partial sun blockage.

Fortunately, Austin, Wimberley, Dripping Springs, Round Rock, and Georgetown are in the path of the total eclipse. Other Texas cities like Dallas, Ft. Worth, and Waco will also experience the total eclipse. So, here’s what you can expect on Monday. 

What to Expect

Around 12:17pm, the eclipse will begin, with the moon gradually obscuring the sun, reaching its peak position at 1:37pm. At this time, sunlight will be entirely obstructed, creating a nighttime appearance. Consequently, it’ll quickly get noticeably cooler outside. So, depending on where you choose to view this phenomenal event, you may need a light jacket. 

Where to Watch

Huston-Tillotson University is hosting a watch party on their campus hilltop that will include games, music, biological studies, and more, starting at 1:00 pm on April 8. The university will also provide solar eclipse glasses for everyone’s safety. 

Wine Sensation in Round Rock will have Total Eclipse at the Bar. With a $30 ticket, you can post up at this woman-owned winery from 11:00am to 3:00pm and receive outdoor seating in front of the winery, a glass of wine, eclipse glasses, and truffle popcorn.

Safety Tips

Watching an eclipse calls for extensive periods of time staring into the sun. To ensure no eye damage, wear the certified solar viewing glasses or handheld solar viewers. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays.

You can also use indirect viewing methods if you don’t have access to solar viewing glasses. One way is to create a pinhole projector (you may have made these in school before) using a cardboard box or paper to project the image of the eclipse onto a surface.

Remember, never look directly at the sun without proper eye protection, as it can cause serious and permanent damage to your eyes. Enjoy the eclipse!

Learn more about where and how to view the eclipse from the City of Austin.


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